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USDA Rural Development Loans – How To Apply & Qualify

USDA Rural Development Loans – How To Apply & Qualify

Posted by: Stearns Bank on Feb 22, 2021

Find out how to apply for USDA Rural Development Loans and what program might be right for you, including the Business & Industry Loan Guarantee Program.

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USDA Rural Development Loan: Right Financing Fit for Your Project?

USDA Rural Development Loan: Right Financing Fit for Your Project?

Posted by: Stearns Bank on Feb 15, 2021

Find out more about USDA rural development Business and Industry loans, which have become a more viable option for business owners in smaller communities.

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Aging Gracefully – Avoiding Equipment Obsolescence

Aging Gracefully – Avoiding Equipment Obsolescence

Posted by: Stearns Bank on Dec 07, 2020

No matter the business, avoiding equipment obsolescence is not easy. One solution is to investigate the viability of equipment financing.

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Dairy Farmers Reacting To Market Uncertainty

Dairy Farmers Reacting To Market Uncertainty

Posted by: Stearns Bank on Nov 19, 2020

Wisconsin dairy farm family has taken on more work themselves to help combat milk price fluctuations that have played havoc with their cash flow.

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The 6 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Financing Equipment

The 6 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Financing Equipment

Posted by: Stearns Bank on Oct 15, 2020

These key questions are important to consider before signing an equipment financing agreement, especially if you’re just beginning your research.

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Dairy Farmers Continue To Adapt To Renewable Energy

Dairy Farmers Continue To Adapt To Renewable Energy

Posted by: Stearns Bank on Mar 13, 2020

Dairy farmers are finding new ways to run their business more efficiently with renewable energy technology that is making a difference in their pocketbook.

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Mutual Respect Creates Strong Financing Relationship For Landscaping Business

Mutual Respect Creates Strong Financing Relationship For Landscaping Business

Posted by: Stearns Bank on Feb 07, 2019

The owners of Supreme Lawn and Landscaping in Waite Park were looking at switching financial institutions after becoming disenchanted with their bank.

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Used Equipment Offers Advantages For Diligent Buyers

Used Equipment Offers Advantages For Diligent Buyers

Posted by: Stearns Bank on Jan 31, 2019

Whether bidding at a live or online auction, or visiting a local dealer, previously-owned equipment can be a big benefit for a small business owner.

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The Differences Between Equipment Finance Agreements And Simple Interest Loans

The Differences Between Equipment Finance Agreements And Simple Interest Loans

Posted by: Stearns Bank on Oct 05, 2018

Customers can be confused at times when trying to compare an EFA and a standard simple interest loan.

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The Basic Process To Apply For Equipment Financing

The Basic Process To Apply For Equipment Financing

Posted by: Stearns Bank on Sep 27, 2018

Advice to prepare if you’re applying for equipment financing with a financial institution, especially buying equipment for your small business.

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